Good Food Systems Crowd-Investing Platform Development
Crowd-investing is now legal, both at the U.S. federal level and in at least 30 states. That means non-accredited investors can pool their funds to support local and state-wide projects in the realms of agriculture and food products. My personal focus is on Michigan first, because that is where I live, but the exact same principles apply to almost every state that has already passed laws that provide for intrastate exemptions from federal securities laws, thus enabling in-state investors to support in-state projects. At present, there is a small group of interested people in Michigan, and we are seeking additional support for developing these concepts and beginning implementation for the first several projects.
Please read more below . . .
The Problem this Project Addresses
Small agricultural and food-products companies often have trouble attracting needed start-up capital, and small investors often have a difficult time finding worthy projects for their investments. What we have in mind is establishing a platform that will match small investors with a steady stream of viable projects, so that the platform can be easily replicated in multiple jurisdictions at low cost.
Region or Country Benefited by this Project
Immediate plans are for Michigan, but any region could pursue this idea, and some of the Michigan team can be available to support efforts in other places, if there is interest.
Where Will the Student or Volunteer Work?
Most work can be done virtually. Participation is welcomed from any location.
The Person or Team at Your Organization Heading this Project
Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher National Regulatory Research Institute Affiliation is presented for information purposes only. This project is separate from my work for NRRI.
Academic Field, Expertise, Academic Level, and/or Experience Desired
Immediate needs are for grant-writing, and assistance with early business plan development, including legal, financial, communications support. Expertise in agricultural and food systems is preferred.
January 2019 start date.
Our team is ready to work with anyone that is willing to make a commitment of at least one calendar quarter. Specific commitments will be defined and mutually agreed, in writing, before work commences.
Commitment Hours per Week
Language Skills Required
Participants must have excellent English communications skills (reading, writing, and some experience with education and public presentations).
There is no immediate plan for compensation. Early participants will have the opportunity to attract funding and their own compensation, through any combinations of donations, grants, or contractual work.
How to Apply
Contact Mr. Stanton by email first, please: stantontom1 [at] gmail [D0T] com
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.